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IT Security Newsletter - 3/6/2020


Top News

T-Mobile Data Breach Exposes Customer's Personal, Financial Info

T-Mobile has announced a data breach caused by an email vendor being hacked that exposed the personal and financial information for some of its customers. T-Mobile states that their email vendor was hacked and an unauthorized person was able to gain access to T-Mobile employee's email accounts. Some of the email accounts that were hacked contained customer information such as social security numbers, financial information, government IDs, billing information, and rate plans. READ MORE...


Virgin Media Data Breach Exposes Info of 900,000 Customers

Virgin Media announced today that the personal information of roughly 900,000 of its customers was accessed without permission on at least one occasion because of a misconfigured and unsecured marketing database. Virgin Media is a leading cable operator in the U.K. and Ireland, and it delivered 14.6 million broadband, video, and fixed-line telephony services to approximately 6.0 million cable customers, according to the company's preliminary Q4 2019 results.. READ MORE...


Hackers using hidden mobile apps and unique distribution methods to target consumers

Hackers are using hidden mobile apps, third-party login and counterfeit gaming videos to target consumers, according to McAfee. Last year, hackers targeted consumers with a wide variety of methods, from backdoors to mining cryptocurrencies. Hackers have expanded the ways of hiding their attacks, making them increasingly difficult to identify and remove, which makes it seem like 2020 will be the year of mobile sneak attacks. READ MORE...

Software Updates

High-Severity Cisco Webex Flaws Fixed

Cisco Systems has patched two high-severity vulnerabilities in its popular Webex video conferencing platform, which if exploited could allow an attacker to execute code on affected systems. Two multimedia players tied to the Webex platform are impacted. First is the Cisco Webex Network Recording Player, used to play back Advanced Recording Format (ARF) files on the Windows operating system. ARF files contain data from a recorded online meeting, such as video data and a list of attendees. READ MORE...


FDA warns patients about Bluetooth flaws affecting pacemakers, glucose monitors

Pacemakers and glucose-monitoring systems are among the critical medical equipment that could be affected by new security vulnerabilities in wireless technology, the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Homeland Security warned this week. The set of flaws in a popular wireless protocol known as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which impact microchipped devices in a range of industries, could allow a hacker within radio range of a device to disrupt its communications. READ MORE...

Science & Culture

The grandfather of distributed computing projects, SETI@home, shuts down

The people who manage the SETI@home distributed-computing project announced it would be going on hiatus at the end of March. The project was one of the first efforts that successfully convinced home users to donate some of their free computing time to help with research. While it's on hiatus, users with a fondness for distributed computing might take a look at Folding@home, which is trying to figure out the structures of proteins on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. READ MORE...